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[Video] Covid-19 Memorial At Dataran Merdeka Didn’t Go As Planned Last Night

[Video] Covid-19 Memorial At Dataran Merdeka Didn’t Go As Planned Last Night

31 participants were arrested, issued compounds and released.

Akmal Hakim

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A public memorial service held at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur last night (19 August), for the 13,000 souls who mortally fell victim to Covid-19 in Malaysia, was met with arrests and summons, with some raising accusations of police brutality.

The memorial was organised by the recent #Lawan protest organiser, Secretariat Solidariti Rakyat (SSR).

Read More: What Happened At The #Lawan Protest?

As many as 31 participants, 17 men and 15 women, were detained by police, loaded up into trucks and taken in for attending the candlelight vigil, and by the end of the night, each received compounds of RM2,000 a person.

A statement by PDRM said that the individuals were charged under Section 9 (5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (Act 736) for failing to notify authorities of an assembly, Section 21A of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) for obstructing the duties of enforcement authorities and Regulation 10 Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (National Recovery Plan) 2021 which states that no person shall gather or be involved with gatherings in a Covid-19 outbreak area.

Images and videos of the gathering being shared online have some Malaysians accusing the authorities of abusing their power in order to forcibly stop a peaceful gathering.

It was also reported that lawyers representing the detained participants were also not allowed to attend to their clients after they were arrested until later at around 10 pm before they were subsequently released from custody.


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